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Bag Size 55 lbs

Crusader Italian Ryegrass

Lolium perenne L. ssp. Multiflorum (Lam.) Husnot
SKU: 835865083932
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Crusader Italian Ryegrass is an extended high-quality grazing and persistent variety. Offering dense and fast growing diploid grass this variety is a versatile option for high quality hay and forage production. With quick establishment and later maturity, Crusader pairs well with legumes, such as alfalfa or clover, adding significant biomass to a hay crop. Crusader is a diploid ryegrass that boasts a lower seeding rate and cost per acre than other ryegrasses. 

Crusader performs well as a single species stand, as an interseeding grass/legume spring mix, or overseeding into perennial grasses in late summer/early fall. 

Bag Size 55
Coverage 149,720-199,650 sq. ft.
Supported Species Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Goats, Alpaca/Llama
Primary Usage Hay, Silage, Pasture, Cover Crop, Erosion Control, Emergency Forage


Sun Requirement Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Preference Well Drained, Moderately Drained
Soil pH 5.5-7.2
Days to Maturity 32-35 Days
Height when mature 23-27 inches

Perform a soil test for exact recommendations.

Hardiness Half-hardy

Planting Dates

Northern Zone Early/Mid Spring
Mid/Late Spring
Mid/Late Summer
Early/Mid Fall
Transitional Zone Early/Mid Spring
Mid/Late Spring
Late Summer
Early/Mid Fall
Southern Zone Early/Mid Spring
Mid/Late Spring
Early/Mid Fall

Planting Requirements

Planting Depth 1/4 - 1/2 inch
Seeding Rate

12-15 lbs./acre

Northern Zone -60 To -10 F
-50 To -23 C
Transitional Zone -10 To 20 F
-23 To -6 C
Southern Zone 20 To 70 F
-6 To 21 C

How To Plant

    Planting Requirements

    Planting Depth 1/4 - 1/2 inch
    Seeding Rate

    12-15 lbs./acre

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